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Prevocational Medical training

The Council has implemented a series of changes to prevocational medical training requirements for doctors in New Zealand.

In November 2014 new requirements were introduced for prevocational medical training for interns (graduates of New Zealand and Australian accredited medical schools and doctors who have passed the NZREX Clinical examination). Implementation of the changes were staged with the first changes taking effect in November 2014 and the remaining changes were implemented in November 2015. The changes aim to improve patient safety and the performance of doctors through providing high quality learning.

Prevocational medical training requirements

Prevocational training - PGY1/PGY2 & NZREX requirements

Overview of changes to prevocational medical training

Download Overview of prevocational medical training changes (November 2016 310KB)

Accreditation reports: Prevocational medical training

Accreditation reports can be found here.

Community based attachments

In June 2014 Council approved a definition of community based attachment.

Download Definition of community based attachment (December 2016, PDF, 131KB)

If a training provider wishes a clinical attachment to be recognised as a community based attachment, then the clinical attachment will need to meet both:

1. Accreditation standards for clinical attachments, and 

2. Additional accreditation standards for community based attachments 

Every intern is required to complete one clinical attachment in a community based setting over the course of the two intern years (PGY1 and PGY2 and doctors who have passed NZREX). Council approved a staged transition, with a goal of 25% of interns in each DHB completing a community based clinical attachment in the year commencing November 2016 and working towards 100% compliance by November 2020. Training providers will need to demonstrate progress over this period. 

The attached Information Guide for District Health Boards provides DHBs with key details. 

Information guide for DHB's (PDF, 524 KB)

Changes to prevocational medical training

Prevocational Medical Training Implementation Review Report

The Medical Council of New Zealand is pleased to be able to publish an independent report on a review of the implementation of changes to the New Zealand Prevocational Medical Training Programme.

You can find the report below, alongside a preface from Council Chairman, Mr Andrew Connolly.

Download Prevocational Medical Training Implementation Review Report (November 2016, PDF, 310 KB)

The Medical Council commenced a review of prevocational training requirement for doctors in New Zealand in 2011. Implementation of new requirements commenced in November 2014. Malatest International have been contracted to collect baseline data. The report Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline (February 2015) has now been released.

Baseline data

Following the review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand in 2011, changes to prevocational medical training requirements commenced November 2014. Malatest International collected baseline data and its report, Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline (February 2015) is available below.

Download report from Malatest International Establishing a Prevocational Training Baseline  (Oct 2015, PDF, 942 KB)

Glossary of prevocational medical training words and phrases

Download Glossary (8/20/2014, PDF, 285 KB)

Consultation & feedback

Download Report on the feedback and decisions following the consultation of: A review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 2 (Aug 2013, PDF, 1 KB)

Download A Review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 2 (Feb 2013, PDF, 1 KB)

Download A review of prevocational training requirements for doctors in New Zealand: Stage 1 (May 2011, PDF, 1 KB)

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